Young Hanoians dress up to mark Full Moon Festival

Mid-Autumn festivalThe Hanoitimes – Some streets in Hanoi get crowded with young people wearing masks and having fun when the Full Moon Festival is near.

This year’s masquerade items are quite diversified; there are different styles of masks, some with fake mustaches and spectacles. Boys prefer more dramatic and scary masks, but girls prefer to look like princesses. As in all other marketing aimed at kids famous cartoon characters dominate this scene.

The Full Moon Festival is a popular harvest festival celebrated by Chinese and Vietnamese people. The festival is held o­n the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar, during a full moon, so it usually falls in late September or early October in the Gregorian calendar, close to the autumn equinox.